Santa Rosalia waterfront

 Baja 2006 April 29th - May 19th

May 1st

I'm writing this anchored on the NW end of Isla San Marcos south of Santa Rosalia after finishing two large margarita's so you know what to expect! Our experience in Santa Rosalia was excellent. The marina was great, run by Ricardo with a lots of help from the sailboats docked there. Toby, (from a sailboat) met us as we hit the dock and unlocked the office, checked us into Santa Rosalia, gave us a key to the office & dock and provided a complete orientation for walking the town. Very casual friendly fun operation on the honor system for supplies and fees.

Santa Rosalia's roots are a French copper mining community established in 1885. The feel is like Jerome in Arizona. The main town is historic with wooden homes built around the turn of the century with large mining operation buildings that are used for various purposes today. The mining shut down 40 years ago in favor of fishing and tourism.

Lots of decaying history mixed with today's commerce is everywhere. There are many restored historic building. I'll let the pictures tell the town story.

Hotel Frances has been restored and had a small museum.
Wooden bungalow with corrugated tarpaper roof (very cool literally).

Gustav Eiffel (as in in Eiffel Tower) built this Santa Barbara Church in 1884 of cast-iron plates and displayed it at the 1889 Paris Exposition. It was purchased by the El Boleo mining company in Brussels and brought to Baja by sailboat.


Ferry docked and ready to sail to Guymas.

Marina Santa Rosalia housed in old mining building.
Smelter ruins as a backdrop for the ponga fishing fleet.

Today we slept in "On Mexican Time" before walking the town. Weather has turned warmer and we decided to sail to Isla San Marcos (15 miles S) to have better breezes. Winds came up mid way and we enjoyed our first motorless sail.

Until the next update… The Gato Loco Crew

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